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This Mount Gorrin hike commences at the Langi Ghiran Rest Area on the Western Hwy. From the rest area make your way over the train line to locate the Langi Ghiran Track. Follow this track north for approximately 2.5km, keeping right at the junction of the Link Walking Track. Turning right at the Langi Ghiran Link Track walk a further 1.5km until you reach Lagoon Track.
The next section of the hike is completely off-trail. You will need to pick the best path through the valley in order to gain the summit of Mount Gorrin. From Mount Gorrin then continue off-trail in a southerly direction, again picking your best path through the rocky outcrops and woodlands. ON reaching the valley try to locate the Lar-ne-jeering painting site and the start of the Lar-ne-jeering walking track. Follow this track to the junction of the Langi Ghiran Track, turning left at this point to return to the start.
Lar-ne-jeering (Langi Ghiran) is Djab Wurrung language for 'home of the black cockatoo'.
About the region
Mount Gorrin is a mountain 14 kilometres east of Ararat in Victoria, Australia, and is home to the Djab Wurrung people who have lived on this land for tens of thousands of years. Rugged granite peaks and gentle sloping woodlands are the dominant features of this local landmark. A challenging off-trail hike to the mountain summit presents a view of ancient Red Gums on the surrounding plains skirted by Mount Buangor in the east and the Grampians in the distant west.
From Melbourne, take the National Highway M8 for 130km to the Western Highway/A8 in Windarmee. Follow the A8 for a further 56km to the Langi Ghiran Rest Area on the right hand side of the Western Hwy. Park your cars here.
Off track walking is permitted in the park. Bring a GPS, but also a map and compass (never rely completely on a GPS).
Langi Ghiran is a beautiful state park that not many people know about. It is a 'hidden gem' that provides many beautiful and wild walks for those who are lucky enough to visit this amazing area.
Max elevation: 733 m
Min elevation: 399 m
Total climbing: 422 m
Total descent: -422 m